It was a final preliminary game fit to be
called “a final”.
And tomorrow West Indies and England’s
Women will be hard-pressed to repeat the
excitement that unfolded last night in their
International Tri-Nation Series
encounter at Kensington Oval which was tied
and then won in the Super Over
by the hosts.
The West Indies, led by Stafanie Taylor
who was deputising for captain Merissa
Aguilleira who was absent due to the flu,
won the toss and batted. England were led by
Jenny Gunn in place of their injured skipper
The Caribbean lasses were immediately in
trouble with the dismissal of opener Kyshona
Knight for 8 torturous runs scored off 23
balls, in the fifth over with the score on 14.
Her fellow opener Juliana Nero was out
for 11 in the eighth over, and the West
Indies had crawled to 29. The score slowly
crept 37 for the loss of two wickets at the
end of the tenth over.
Taylor, who batted at number three, held
the innings together with a solid 40 made
in 55 minutes from 43 balls with two fours.
She shared a third-wicket partnership of 32
runs with debutant Chinelle Henry which
consumed 7.3 overs.
Henry was out for 12 in the fifteenth
over, and was replaced by Deandra Dottin,
arguably international women’s cricket most
exciting and dynamic talent.
Blessed with excellent upper body
strength, perhaps testimony to her days
as a champion javelin thrower and shot
putter, Dottin made a blistering 26 from 12
balls with two massive sixes, one of which
went into the stands, and two boundaries.
She added 38 runs for the fifth wicket with
Talyor, who was dropped twice by Gunn
who eventually did catch her at deep cover
as the West Indies went after quick runs.
Wicketkeeper/batter Shemaine Campbelle
who got into this match due to Aguilleira’s
illness, made a quick-fire 11 from 6 balls to
give momentum to the end of the home
side’s innings. The English bowlers maintained
a tight line and length for the most part and
restricted the West Indies to 118 for the lost
of 7 wickets at the end of their 20 overs.
Opening bowlers Beth Langston and Kate
Cross playing their first match for England,
bowled stingily and made the West Indies’
batters fight hard for their runs.
Langston took one wicket for 16 runs
from her 4 overs. Cross was just as mean
bowling four overs for 19 runs with one
wicket. Gunn took two wickets with her
medium pace swing and slow, left-arm
orthodox spin bowler Holly Colvin had one
wicket for 9 runs.
England began their quest for victory at
a rapid rate as openers Danielle Wyatt and
Laura Winfield posted 25 in 4.3 overs.
Wyatt was the first to go caught on
the leg-side by Anisa Mohammed off the
bowling of fast bowler Tremayne Smartt for
13. Mohammed then took a wicket with the
second ball of her first over. The off-spinner
had Winfield caught for 13 as she played
through the onside, England were 42 for 2.
England were 50 for 2 at the end of ten
overs. Shortly afterwards Mohammed claimed
another victim when she had Sarah Taylor
caught by wicket-keeper Campbelle for 15,
the score was 53 for 3. Campbelle kept
Tamsin Beaumont and Lydia Greenway
took charge of the White Ferns’ innings and
placed them on what seemed to be victory
road with a controlled partnership of 35.
England were 88 for 3 and the several English
visitors in the Three Ws stand were cheering
on their team loudly while the hundreds of
Barbadian supporters were rather muted.
At that stage the drama began to unfold.
Taylor bowled the 16th over and trapped
Beaumont lbw for 10; the score was 88 for
4. England now required 31 runs to win the
match with six wickets remaining.
Kensington Oval is often referred to as
the mecca of cricket in the Caribbean but it
was suddenly transformed into a theatrical
stage with a dramatic production that totally
captivated its audience.
Dottin was given the ball but bowled a
poor 17th over which was struck for 11
runs. When that over ended 19 runs were
required from 18 balls.
Greenway was then run-out for 36
with the score on 101 in the 18th over
and England’s batting had started to
stumble. Shaquana Quintyne, the 17-year-old
leg-spinner and darling of the West Indies
team, bowled a tight and mean penultimate
over, conceding only six runs.
England needed 9 runs from the last over
to win the match and captain Taylor took
the responsibility of bowling those six balls.
The lady with the golden arm then took the
wickets of Natalie Sciver and Gunn. With
four runs required for victory off the last ball
of the match Danielle Hazell edged to third
man and she and Holly Colvin ran three runs
as if their lives were at stake and managed to
even the scores and take the game into
Wyatt and Sciver faced the super over
which was bowled by Quintyne but England
could only muster six runs. Wyatt was run
out for 1 and Sciver and Greenway finished
on 4 and 1 respectively.
Dottin and Stacy Ann King faced the super
over for the West Indies which was bowled
Dottin, as probably expected by every
Barbadian supporter in the stands and the
thousands of West Indians watching on their
screens, promptly struck two boundaries off
the two balls she faced, one of which was a
no-ball, to secure victory before the cheering
home crowd and her team-mates who
mobbed her as she left the ground. Taylor
was Player Of The Match for her 3 for 15
The match served as an ideal appetizer
for tomorrow’s final and if that is anything as
exciting as last night’s, then cricket fans are in
for a real threat.
Thriller! Deandra Dottin goes for